ERIC Number: EJ791904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 20
How Do Underage College Students Get Alcohol?
Fabian, Lindsey E. A.; Toomey, Traci L.; Lenk, Kathleen M.; Erickson, Darin J.
Journal of Drug Education, v38 n1 p15-26 2008
Alcohol consumption and related problems are common among underage college students, yet qualitative, in-depth information on how/where these students obtain alcohol is limited. We conducted focus groups pertaining to access to alcohol and related issues with 19 underage college students. They reported that alcohol is easy to obtain from a variety of sources, with friends/acquaintances who are of legal age or those with a false ID being the most common. Parties were also common sources, but "shoulder tapping" (i.e., asking a stranger to purchase alcohol) was not common. Disagreement arose over whether underage fraternity/sorority members have greater access to alcohol than non-Greeks. Our results provide updated information on the various sources of alcohol and associated issues among underage college students.
Descriptors: College Students, Focus Groups, Drinking, Sororities, Age, Qualitative Research, Fraternities, Dormitories, Peer Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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